Social Media, e-Commerce, and CITES
March 19, 2018 — Justin Vollmer

A recent study on the role of social media, search engines, and e-commerce in the expansion of global wildlife tracking has caught the attention of the news media.  TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network, has provided extensive documentation of this burgeoning market, causing leading tech companies such as Google, Alibaba, Facebook, Instagram, and others to commit to developing and implementing policies and solutions to reduce demand for and access to illegal plant and animal sales. Prior to 1973, trade in… Read More
Equestrian Facilities as a Luxury Resource (II)
March 12, 2018 — Martha Wehling

In Part I of this two-part series,Master of Natural Resources (MNR) program graduate student Martha Wehling introduced the concept of equine facilities as a luxury resources, and examined the socioeconomic stratification associated with equestrian sports. In the following post, Martha discusses other relevant resource boundaries, including gender disparities, immigrant employment, the impact on natural resources, and the role of natural resource managers. As I explained in the first part of this series, students in Dr. Jennifer Lawrence's Transboundary Resource Management course, including… Read More
Equestrian Facilities as a Luxury Resource (I)
March 5, 2018 — Martha Wehling

In this two-part series, MNR graduate student Martha Wehling examines the impacts of luxury resources and the role of resource managers through the lens of facilities supporting equestrian hobbyists. Recently, CLiGS Fellow and member of the Master of Natural Resources (MNR) program faculty Dr. Jennifer Lawrence asked students in her Transboundary Resource Management course to explore luxury resources, their impacts, and the role of resource managers in managing these impacts.  My fellow students and I were encouraged by Dr. Lawrence to consider… Read More
Communication & Influence
February 12, 2018 —
BY ALEC MASELLA – FEBRUARY 12, 2018.   Emily Talley brings a unique perspective to class when teaching for Virginia Tech's Master of Natural Resources (MNR). That's due, in part, because before she became an instructor she was an MNR student, completing the Executive (XMNR) program in May 2014. During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Talley completed several geology courses and became increasingly interested in addressing environmental issues. Shortly after earning her bachelor's degree in English, she was recruited to work for… Read More
Adam Kalkstein
A Toolkit for Climate Policy-Making
February 5, 2018 —
BY ALEC MASELLA - FEBRUARY 5, 2018.   Climate scientist Dr. Adam Kalkstein will teach a graduate course on Climate Change Policy for Virginia Tech's Master of Natural Resources (MNR) program during the upcoming 12-week Summer 2018 term, which begins on May 21st. While Dr. Kalkstein’s other course, Climate Change Science, focuses on human influences and impacts that lead to climate change, Climate Change Policy is a deep dive into international, national, and sub-national institutional responses, including the United Nationals Framework Convention on Climate… Read More